Archive | Snapshot RSS feed for this section

Snapshot 01.21.15

20 Jan

–Man, what a fantastic week! Just kidding! It was shitty! I spent one of those days cleaning projectile cough-barf off my clothes, and while I was otherwise occupied, Isobel let Elias into the pantry where he managed to pull a heavy vintage glass bottle containing vitamins down off a shelf, where it landed on a giant wine bottle, unleashing a tidal wave of shattered glass particles and Pinot Grigio. Thank the sweet babby Picard Jesus no one was hurt, but after whisking the kids away and sequestering them to Isobel’s room, I spent an hour sweeping, wiping, and mopping the floor to make sure it was baby-safe again. And then my phone got stolen.

–Isobel has been jonesing for a Bat Utility belt for awhile and nearly smothered me with requests for one after I was able to create a wardrobe for Twinkle. I told no guarantees, that I would try, and that Saturday morning we should hit up a thrift store for a belt to start with. It was another girls’ trip, just me and Isobel, having fun and getting our thrift on. They happened to have a killer selection of books in the kids’ section, and she and I wedged ourselves into a corner to investigate. It was a Saturday morning and the store was packed with people, as it usually is at this time, and two boys were also trying to browse the kids’ shelves at the same time we were. I kept saying to Isobel, “Scoot in closer, honey, these boys need some room to look, too.” They crowded in close. I was trying to check out books and answer Isobel’s many questions when I paused to take a photo of a hilarious headless giraffe on a sign that said FUN ZONE! Isobel had chosen that moment to start piling books in our basket willy-nilly, and I must have set my phone down when I asked her to stop and help me put them back on the shelf. A minute or two later, I realized my phone was gone, and the boys I had I tried to be friendly to are the most likely suspects.

–Isobel was dressed in her full-batgirl gear at the time (black gloves, black mask, pink-and-black cape, super hero girl t-shirt) and decided that she would not stand for her mother’s phone to be stolen. Not on her watch. She was batgirl, and she was going to get the bad guys who did this, right after she called Kingston for backup. In the car on the way home it cheered me up slightly to hear her say, “Superheroes aren’t real, Mama, but some kids are brave, and they need to fight.”

–Without a phone I’m doing everything like an Amish person: pooping, waiting in line, checking my FB messages on my desktop. I’m having severe withdrawals. Along with some precious photos and videos of my children, I’m also losing a photo I took of a game of Bananagrams in which I successfully played both “Poo” and “Pee.”

–(I for real cried about the kid videos and photos though.)

–My Crohn’s disease has been hitting me hard with its most insidious weapon, extreme fatigue. The last two or three months have been so especially bad that I get exhausted to the point of tears at the thought of doing regular day-to-day activities. This is one of the more stealthy symptoms, as it doesn’t immediately grab your attention like the severe pain or the inability to eat does. It sneaks up on you and quietly steals your quality of life. I’m trying to boost my iron and vitamin D intake to see if that helps, because I’m not sure when I’ll be able to next see a specialist with this insurance. I’m also trying to keep a strict, very early bedtime. I’m hoping that helps. I’m already treating the disease as aggressively as I can. Taking immuno-suppressant drugs for your Crohn’s disease is the ultimate Quit Hitting Yourself.

–The good news is my glasses came in an they are FABULOUS.

–Elias is babbling constantly, and he’s quite good at clicking his tongue, something that took me years to master. He is going to be a natural at click consonant languages!

–I used to sob and sob because I missed nursing Elias so badly. (Antibiotics, hives, and steroids made it impossible to continue.) Right now I have a prominent scab on my cheek where he bit me and drew blood. I think about that happening to my nipple, and I am less sad.

–Remember how I was complaining about having to ask Isobel to not crumble crackers in her brother’s hair? Turns out she kept doing it because she wanted to make him “fashionable.” If having crumbs all over you makes you fashionable, I should have gone to Paris and taken over the fashion world long ago.

–“Sometimes I make stuff and I don’t even know what it is.” –Isobel, on crafting.

Little Big Collection: Vintage Trays.

Follow Friday: Garden, with Cat. Photos from the garden, each with cat. Plus hilarious tweets!

Links for Valentine’s Day.

Snapshot 01.14.15. Of course I gave her as much as she wanted, because, bitch, peas.

Video Games with Kingston. Best day of Elias’ life, obvs.

Little Big Collection: Vintage Plastic Cups and Mugs. Nigh near unbreakable.

Follow Friday: Zoo Nature. We ain’t nothing but mammals. Have some hilarious tweets.

Mom, no!

Soup tattoo?

LEGO Movie director makes his own LEGO Oscar after being snubbed in Best Animated Feature category nominations. Via 

Pikacthulhu. Via internet buddy  

D&D Stats Explained with Tomatoes.

How to Even, for Dummies.

Guilt Cakes. “When a circulation page leaves, I give them a cake that expresses my feelings.” Via and created by my twitter wife, Kristin.

‘In Dog We Trust’ mistakenly printed on Florida sheriff’s rug.

Use laser vision to destroy the baby. Do not allow the baby to manipulate you into using laser vision on others.

Wow, SYPHILLIS! Both of them! That’s unfortunate.

Before The Internet, Librarians Would ‘Answer Everything’ — And Still Do. Via nypl

Whoa, buddy. I’m just here for some ice cream.

Nothing to see here. Just a log, breakdancing.

Authorities suspect a shark tried to eat Vietnam’s Internet.

My masterpiece is framed at last! Cross-stitch greatness.

Goodbye, bank account. That Totoro backpack, tho. Via 

Map: Literally Every Goat in the United States. This map is Very Important and was sent to me via dear friend, Jenna, who gets me. It’s like Dr X using Cerebro, but to find goats.

Men with Unicorn Hair. Via 

A truly incredible bookmark has just been brought to our attention.

Handcuffed teen saves cop’s life.

STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts. I feel like some people see division where there is none. We need both halves of our brain’s hemispheres. We need both types of education.

If Mitt’s seriously considering another run in 2016 this is gonna haunt him.

Why is reading diversely important? Is it racist to pay attention to an author’s race? Reading Diversely FAQ #1

Hey McDonalds i ordered a sundae but instead you gave me the souls of the damned, did i have to pay extra for this

5 Blithe Retorts That Made Dowager Hearst Exclaim ‘Heavens Me!’ At Lord Pickley’s Winter Ball. I’m pretty sure Clickhole was created just for me.

Shadows cast by Curiosity rover on Mars look strangely like MST3K.

button bar banner time machine

Reuse Roundup: Toy Storage (The Saga Never Ends). Our ever-evolving, thrifted toy storage solutions.

Snapshot 01.30.13. Come the apocalypse I’ll be eating pickle relish with a spoon and laughing like a maniac, partly because I’m glad I saved so much relish and partly because my mood stabilizer will be long gone.

Recipe: Candied Bacon Popcorn. I want to eat this right now.

Thrifty Crafting: DIY Border Paper Crown. Still kicking, years later, has outlived five or six plastic tiaras.

Scrapbook: Anthony’s Birthday. Some of my favorite Anthony photos & adventures.

Follow Friday: City by the Bay. Photos of the city and the most hilarious tweets.

Recipe: Roast Fingerling Potato Nachos. These are some fancy potatoes.

Snapshot 01.14.15

13 Jan

–Last week all Isobel wanted to eat for breakfast for three days in a row was peas. Now, I make damn good peas, but even I don’t wake up in the morning craving them. Of course I gave her as much as she wanted, because, bitch, peas.

–Yet another flu bug has been contracted by the Castillo family because if there’s anything we love, it’s contracting as many viruses as possible. Isobel’s first day back at school after break was thwarted almost the moment I pulled up in front of her class with the most epic of car barfs. I spent all of Saturday being a lump on the couch watching TV while the family had a ball without me, something that might make me bitter if I wasn’t so bowled over the the extreme luxury of being able to sit under a pile of blankets fairly unmolested by the demands of children all day. It was truly luxurious. There’s no other way to describe it. If I had been sick any other day of the week the demands of the family would have made the experience a living hell. It’s the little things in life. I try to be grateful for them.

–Locals! Friday, January 23rd and Friday the 24th is the Friends of the Library Book Sale at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Arbor & Berkeley. Maybe I will soon be able to finish the post I wrote about it last year. I’ve had the photos lying around for a year now. Life is full of surprises!

–I have a secret garbage can in my house that I use just for recycling the one million papers, notes, graded homework, and forsaken art projects Isobel brings home from school. The sheer amount of paperwork is staggering. I empty it when Isobel is at school and she is none the wiser. She agonizes over throwing anything away, and this has prevented paper from taking over our house. If you have a child who can’t bear to part with anything, I highly recommend this. Nothing I’ve thrown away has been missed, and I choose my victims carefully to ensure it remains so.

–While I was sick I watched First Contact again and holy crap, I forgot how good it was. Drunk Deanna was hilarious, Lily’s character was fab, and apparently Geordi can control time-travel now. ALSO did you know that Barclay is also Mad Murdock from the A-Team? How did it take me 35 years to figure this out?! During Picard’s recitation of Moby Dick to Lily Isobel kept asking me what they were saying. Somewhat annoyed, I asked her to listen to them. She replied by saying I DON’T UNDER STAND SPACE LANGUAGE!

–Anthony got a fancy gaming mouse for the computer for Christmas, and every time I use it I feel like I’m trying to drive the Batmobile around instead of my regular Buick. I’m afraid I’ll hit the eject button or the auto-destruct on accident. It’s bigger than my hand.

–Isobel is well on her way to follow in her father’s techie footsteps as when we were having problems with Netflix she promptly asked us, “Have you turned it off and then turned it back on?”

–“Stop putting crackers in your brother’s hair” is one of the more interesting phrases I’d never have guessed I’d have to regularly utter.

Scrapbook: Video Games with Kingston. Elias has a truly wonderful day.

Little Big Collection: Vintage Plastic Cups and Mugs. Gorgeous and fun to use, even if you don’t have children.

Follow Friday: Zoo Nature. The best tweets of the week plus the gorgeous grounds of the San Francisco Zoo.

DIY Elf on the Shelf Skirt Tutorial and Touching Holiday Story. Let’s make some clothes and break some rules.

Snapshot 01.07.15. Mark age 35 as the start of my inevitable decline.

Follow Friday: Orchids. My love letter to the internet.

Whatever floats your goat. My new saying, obviously.

I am honored to be a part of Thriftanista’s 40 Fab Thrift Style Bloggers list! She is a fantastic inspiration for me.

What would really happen.

Send My Enemies Glitter. So evil!

I got this for Christmas and now he’s part of the family.

Important 2015 Predictions. Huge year for pita bread.

How to keep your mom off twitter.

Batmessages. I know this family, and they are awesome.

What happens to insects when they die of old age? This was super fascinating. Via question-asker @nerdsrocket

The Joe Biden random compliment generator. You are too beautiful for this world, Joe.

Spacecat and the kittens. Probably my new favorite band name.

In France, the A-Team theme had lyrics. Thanks for this, @britain

Bad Album Covers: Stuff Party. STUFF PARTY. Are they English language learners? I die.

Why the cat wants to eat all the time. It’s sad because it’s true!

Thank you, Aziz Ansari.

Puppy tries to reclaim bed from unimpressed cat. Via MrsFridayNext

That escalated quickly. I think they should have sad faces in the second picture, otherwise this might be considered a desirable scenario.

Know that the next year will surpass all others.

This mostly hairless hamster looks like Falcor. Via buddy Jessica

A brief history of toilet-based animal attacks.

I love listening to podcats.

When you gotta tie your hair up so it doesn’t get in your food.

That’s not a hippopotamus.

In Whittier, Alaska, almost the whole town of 200 people live in on building. Incredibly fascinating. Via dougmcgray who thinks this town would make an excellent setting for a scary movie (I agree).

When you want to eat dinner but someone is sleeping in your food.

One of my most favorite games of all time, and one of the most brutal. It probably won’t surprise you that I adored CYOA books as a kid, and still maintain a small collection of them in my personal library.

button bar banner time machine

LB Also Stands For Legitimate Business. O Brave New World! I buy my own website and introduce a slideshow of awesomeness.

Thrifty Crafting: DIY Terrarium Ornament. One of my most popular posts!

Follow Friday: Anthony’s Birthday. It’s like two holidays in one.

My Unruly Garden: Home Harvest. We grew an enormous pumpkin that year! Or maybe my kid was just small.

Thrift Store Score: Farmer’s Market Haul. Thrifting and a farmer’s market all in one.

Scrapbook: Little Icicles. Sentiment and ice photos.

Snapshot 01.25.12. Well, call me a dead hobo on a patio!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...